Inspiration Project AND a $500 Gift Voucher Giveaway

The Fireball Photographers are an international group of professional portrait photographers who formed a year ago after we met at a workshop in France. We are interested in photography as an independent art form. We collaborate on creative projects throughout the year in order to grow as artists and professionals, and ultimately, to advance the art of photography everywhere. What’s inspiring one of our next creative projects? Hint: Old is the “new” new!

At 6:00PM today I will be drawing one lucky winner Live on our Facebook page for a $500 Gift Voucher to Studio 828 Photography. Why? Because I want to not only shoot for this amazing project, but I want to reward those that support me in my work, follow, and cheer me on everyday. If you’ve been on the fence about booking a shoot, maybe this is the perfect opportunity for you. You get to participate in something bigger than any of us individually, create art, and be a model for a day. How much fun would that be??? Gah! I can hardly wait!

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Johnathan Singer Sargent, Painter

OK so what’s the catch?

  1. Let me know you’re interested. You can email me Cat@Studio-828.com, text or call 828-275-9932, fill out the form below, or simply comment on the facebook live thread.
  2. At 6:00PM EST, I will be doing a drawing on Facebook Live to announce the winner
  3. Winner receives $500 gift voucher toward Studio 828 Photography, can be used toward the shoot itself or toward product. Whatever you choose.
  4. Shoot must take place before April 30 at our Asheville Portrait Studio.
    1. Model release must be signed
    2. We can absolutely incorporate additional looks (up to 5) if interested during your photo shoot
  5. In person reveal appointment
    1. Additional imagery may be purchased but is not required.

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One Day

One day, your children WILL go looking for portraits of you, for portraits with you, Mom. Have you thought about that? I mean, REALLY thought about that. What will your children find when they do?

I’ll tell ya, I have had one roller coaster of a summer. I’ve lost friends that were so near and dear to my heart, I can’t even tell you. It has been a heart-breaking summer to say the least but, BUT what I did notice is that following the tears and the initial shock after learning about their passing my very first instinct was to find portraits of those friends. Something to remember them by because I know that one day, I will have trouble remembering their faces, the sound of their voices. That day isn’t today but it will come.

Maybe this feels a bit morbid, I don’t know. The truth of it however is that I NEVER, EVER want to forget the faces of my family. My mother. My father. My brothers. My sister. My cousins and their children. Never in a million years.

Let me ask you this; when was the last time you had a portrait made? Not a fun selfie you posted to Facebook that will never see the light of paper but an actual portrait? One you’re proud of and feel like your most beautiful self? One you’re excited to display in your home that your children will see beaming to them every, single day to remind them that they are loved? To remind them how much they are loved by the most important person in their lives…

Are you hiding behind the camera? C’mon Mom we all do it. You do it. We all do it. You don’t know how to really stand to flatter your best self or, your makeup isn’t right, or you’ve put on weight, or you don’t weigh enough, your hair is a crazy mess because you haven’t had even a moment of peace in 4 days to take the time to brush it let alone style. I feel ya. Here’s the thing though, none of us is promised tomorrow. Whether you’re 33 or 83, there is no guarantee. Take a breath. What is the best possible thing you can do to ensure that your light is celebrated by the people who are dearest to you? My answer to that is to create beautiful portraiture. Moms, Dads, Grandparents I’m looking to you. These portraits will be cherished by your children, your children’s children even, for lifetimes. Let that sink in for a moment. Lifetimes.

I hope you’ll pick up the phone. I would love to talk with you about how you’re envisioning your portrait session with us. 828-275-9932

5 Tips to take better Candid Family Photos

This post is for all of you taking photos at your family events that don’t quite warrant spending money on a photographer. I’m talking about birthdays, and holidays, family get togethers, etc. So often in my Facebook newsfeed I see albums for photos taken candidly at family events and it occurred to me that maybe some of us need a little bit of direction so that Aunt Sally doesn’t get made because she’s bending over to pick up a kid in the background of that kinda blurry shot you took of cousin Mark. I thought I’d lay down a few rules for you to consider when you’re shooting these events. Your friends and family will thank you later, promise!

  1. Stop taking pictures of people while they’re eating. Stop it. Just don’t. Often times we think the shot of everyone at the table will be nice because there are groupings of people but the short answer is “No”. If you want to get the groupings, enjoy YOUR meal and then grab your cell phone or your camera and head over either before everyone starts eating or just after they’ve finished, or better yet once everyone has coffee. Trust me.
  2. Consider the background. Look, in the example I gave above about Aunt Sally? Yeah, that’s a thing. Noone wants a photo of their bent over bum or face, chewing food in any image. Not ever. If cousin Mark is being funny, or has a great smile, have him turn towards the light or move to the left a little. If he’s a ham, he’ll eat it up. If he’s got a great smile, he’ll appreciate the attention and recognition of wanting to be photographed. Don’t assume that just because it is a candid moment that he won’t move a foot or two. Aunt Sally will give you high fives, too.
  3. Have your subject turn towards the light. How many times have you taken a sweet family shot in front of the Christmas tree, or in a living room and at the time you think it’s perfect and then when you upload it you realize you have crazy shadows being cast down people’s faces because a light overhead (from a fan or sconce) was directly overhead and now they look like they could be characters on The Walking Dead? Either turn that light off for a moment or find something white (a piece of paper, paper towel roll, a white plate, a piece of poster board, a white blanket on the couch, etc.) to bounce that light shining down back to their faces. It’s a great trick AND when you pull it off, it’s pretty impressive to onlookers too.
  4. Turn off your flash already. You’re trying to get a beautiful dimply lit shot that has the heart of the moment in it and your flash fires and now everyone’s skin is bleach white and they have devil eyes. Crank up that ISO on your Canon Rebel or slow down your shutter speed (no more than the size of the focal length you’re using) and hold the camera steady. The ambient light you’re hoping to capture there will come to life. It’ll be great.
  5. Consider your subject. You have 15-20 images and you’re posting them to Facebook and in one or two shots the people you’re photographing aren’t being flattered and aren’t paying attention to you…just toss em. Really. No one really cares about a moment where the main subject is talking to the other person, mouth agape, turned away from the camera, and shot from below. It isn’t flattering. It isn’t a “candid, photo-journalistic” moment. It’s just a bad shot. It’s okay. Even seasoned professionals have a couple of those from events they shoot. Guess what happens to those images? Recycle bin. That’s what.
    1. If you want to really capture the moment, set up the shot. You can do this candidly. Consider the framing of the moment, move the camera up a little or over to the left. If you’re photographing a conversation between two people, move front and center. The image won’t make sense if the closest subject’s head is turned 120 degrees away from you and the person they’re talking with is out of focus and not paying attention in the first place.

Mother Daughter Photo Shoot

Anita and Brittani are two of my favorite people! The love these two share for one another, holy crimeny! They have this wonderful relationship both as mother and daughter and as best friends!

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They came to me to celebrate that relationship and to be a part of our portrait book, “Mothers, Daughters, Sisters” and I couldn’t be happier! I adored having you in the studio, ladies!

XoXo,

C

 

Mother and Daughter Photo Shoot in Asheville

Nicola and Kerrington were an absolute JOY to photograph! I think I’ll be seeing Kerrington again to intern for me down the line 😀 She was so sweet and we had a wonderful time dancing, and laughing, and shooting all afternoon.

They’ve joined me for our portrait book project and wow! I am so grateful for their participation. The more and more families I meet, the more excited I get for publishing!

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Are you interested in a mother daughter photo shoot, or in being a part of our portrait book project? We’d love to hear all about what you’re envisioning for your photography session in our Asheville studio.

Mothers Daughters Sisters, a Portrait Book

“I truly hope you know the absolute joy you have brought to my life and how much you are loved.” – Christy R to her daughter Alicia

We would love it if you were a part of “Mothers, Daughters, Sisters” at Studio 828 Photography. Whether it is the perfect gift for Mother’s Day or you simply want to create beautiful memories with your favorite person, all the details for the portrait book are listed here and you’re welcome to reach out about commissions below or to Cat@Studio-828.com

I would love to photograph you.

XoXo,

Cat

Portraits of Tristan

As I was planning for Tristan’s photo shoot, I was planning for glamour, like, capital G Glamour. Long gown, big fan, sequins, the whole nine yards and when she came in for her session, and after getting to know her for a few minutes, we went for a more minimalist approach. Very monochromatic and textured and with her edgier look, it definitely worked.

Portraits of a young woman. Portraits of Tristan.

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Creating Your Legacy

Her son, Fletcher is turning 1-year-old, one week from today. What a milestone for any new parent. One of the things that I wanted to do for Wendy during her session was to give her a portrait that her son would have to pass on to his own children. A true legacy.

Happy Birthday Fletcher. May you always know how fiercely your mother loves you, how ambitious she is to make you proud, and give you guidance into becoming a man of integrity, kindness, and determination.

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Personal Branding for the Inspired Professional

Personal branding for the inspired professional.

Meet, Maggie Marie.

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She was an absolute joy to photograph! As a small business owner, she is rebranding her copywriting business and was interested in showcasing her own persona as the face of her business. As many of you know, your first impression is not made on the consultation or the work, or even in the delight of your current client base (though, that absolutely helps!).

Your first impression is made when your potential client somehow connects with you, with your image, with your brand. In a single image your readership will judge whether you’re professional, delightful, quirky, lazy, friendly, ambitious, and yes, authentic. What does your current head shot or branding profile say about you?

 

I loved every second of working with Maggie. Her work is inspiring, her words are crafted and her spirit is limitless.

Thank you Maggie.

Are you interested in taking your branding to the next level? Please feel to reach out here for your personal consultation to design the brand you want for your presence.

Class of 2016 {Asheville Senior Portraits}

Asheville senior portraits for AC Reynolds high school senior, Adara. Class of 2016. Adara is pretty incredible. Not only is she a stunning young woman, she is ambitious and graduating early. She is enrolled in a pharmacology program and not wasting even a minute of time getting her future underway.

So proud of her!

Often parents and students inquire about our senior portrait photography here at Studio 828 Photography and, so often am I just blown away by the caliber of students we have here in wnc. Adara is no exception. Congratulations Adara! I am so excited for you!!!!

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Are you interested in your senior photo shoot with Studio 828 Photography? Fill out the info below and we’d be happy to schedule your consultation to design your makeover and photo shoot here in Asheville.